Wednesday, December 14, 2011

O Christmas Tree

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed

It's that time of year again. Boy, it sure does come around fast these days. The gift buying, cookie making, snow- dusted time of year.

I love seeing what others are doing with their Christmas trees. Here are a few of my favorites so far, both spotted by moi on Facebook, which is my favorite place to hang out.

A rosemary tree by pal and cozy author Wendy Watson. Wish mine was that large. I managed to grow one tall enough and strong enough for a few small ornaments, but after a few seasons, it passed away.

I bet Wendy had fun shaping her tree and cooking with the sheared off boughs.

This one has been circulating around the internet, not sure who created this winner though. (BTW, clicking on the photos should enlarge them for a richer experience.)

An entire tree crafted from books! What style!

Then there is mine. Here's the story:

My family owns a Christmas tree farm in the Michigan Upper Peninsula (just like my protagonist Gertie Johnson). Every year our good friend and tree caregiver cuts a special tree for me. Each year I let him know that we have eight-foot ceilings. Every year he brings me a really full, really tall tree.

My husband and I looked at this year's tree and wondered what to do.
"How are we going to get it through the door?" Mr. Deb asked.
"We could cut it in half," I suggested, actually meaning it.
After serious debate, we took a 'stand', decided a new tradition was in order. 

Tada....Falalalala...Hubby got blue & white LED lights, so we need sunglasses to view it at night.

Then he found shatterproof ornaments, which I didn't even know existed and will come in handy when young children are around the tree. Not to mention our cat.

Tada...the really neat thing about our outdoor tree is that we can admire it from the living room, or the entry way, in our bedroom and down the hall. Every window facing the tree is alive with brilliance. And the windows not facing the tree? Still illuminated with reflections.

I plan to add some treats for the birds and leave it up.

Have you spotted a Christmas tree that really stands out? If it's online, share the link with us. Tell us about your tree too.